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The Reader's Choice: Lenny & Me

I have to admit I'm not a big buyer of second­hand duds. I don't have the time—or the inclination—to comb through rack after rack in some grim linoleum space in hopes of finding some hidden gem that I'll then have to have altered, repaired, or cleaned. But Lenny & Me is the perfect middle ground. It's now in a bigger space just next door to its original location, but the look and feel is the same: fresh finds in a boutique-like setting. The staff has a great eye, and the stuff is a mix of designer pieces, true vintage items, and "recent" secondhand from stores like H&M and Banana Republic. The accessories tables are always good for a quick fix, whether it's a velvet cap or a flower pin. The men's selection is smaller but just as carefully curated. Most pieces are tagged between $10 and $60, with prices topping out a little under $200. If you like the chair something is draped over, most likely it's for sale too—Lenny & Me also deals in vintage furniture and home accessories. The store takes items on consignment and does straight trades, but the same pickiness that makes this such a great place to shop means it may not be the right place for your once-a-decade closet dump. 1459 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-5576, lennyandmechicago.com. —Heather Kenny

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  • Best Used Clothing Store: Lenny & Me

&Our readers' choice:Crossroads Trading Co.

 2711 N. Clark, 773-296-1000; 1519 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-5300; 1730 Sherman, Evanston, 847-492-9400; crossroadstrading.com.

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